Like the raccoon, they’re a very opportunistic creature. They feed primarily on food left out by humans for example: pet food, garbage cans, private waste or any other food that may be readily found. They are able to have litters almost any time of year. Opossum litters usually comprise of up to 10 young. They remain inside their mother’s pouch for the first few months of life. After that they ride on her back until she eventually kicks them off to find their own territory. They are a solitary animal from that point forward.
Opossums are best known for their defense mechanism of “playing opossum”. Their body becomes rigid and they exude a foul smell from anal glands which imitates the smell of a dead and decaying creature. This hopefully wards off any potential threat to their safety.
Opossums primary living space usually is made up of any restricted space with easy access. They rarely create their own entrance point if it requires much effort. They will use holes created by other creatures, open foundation vents, holes in damaged soffits or alternative spaces available in or around your house. They are also carriers of cat and dog fleas in addition to many different parasites that may be transmitted to pets and people. Many times, an animal infested with fleas could be a sign that you may have a visitor staying in or around your dwelling.
Opossum removal is similar to that of many other wildlife and may be best achieved through live trapping, Rat Removal Fort Lauderdale FL, relocation of the animal and closing off the entry points. Limiting all food sources outside will even help keep these animals from attempting to enter your home. This includes feeding pets inside and securing your trash cans, since they might offer a simple meal for a hungry opossum.
On your premises, a wildlife relocation expert may be able to assist you in removing your unwanted visitor.